- Deliver to work/friend/neighbor. Utilize different delivery options during the holiday season. Have packages delivered where someone can accept them, or require a signature.
- Delivery instructions. FedEx and UPS drivers will often honor requests to place packages behind a gate, shrub, or other location; contact your carrier to find out the options.
- Track packages. Package tracking has come a long way, you can often receive a text message when their package is delivered.
Standard security options such as cameras and HOA funded patrols may help but, as we’ve seen on those videos, sometimes they do not. In addition, frequent security patrols can be very expensive, may not be in the association’s budget and, ultimately, impact dues. One main deterrent is a strong community.
Strong communities can reduce crime. Owners who know their neighbors are more likely to report suspicious behavior. If you haven’t already, during this holiday season and beyond, get to know your neighbors. It’s all about community!